Photo of Max Tuerk
Drafted By: Chargers
  • Round 3
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 66

Combine Results

Grade
5.62 ?
  • 22 REPS
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He's as good a pulling center as anybody I've seen. He's an athletic kid." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'5" Height
  • 32 1/2" Arm Length
  • 298LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/4" Hands

Overview

Going into the season, it appears this Trojan was on a path similar to the versatile Cameron Erving, the No. 19 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2015 draft. Tuerk has started at nearly every place along the line for the Trojans. He is a bit taller and more slender than most pro pivots, but that may still be his best spot given that he used his mobility and tenacity to earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2014. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury in October and will have to prove himself before the draft to maximize his grades.


Pro Day Results


Bench: 26 reps of 225 pounds

Analysis

Strengths

Exceptional athleticism with elite movement skills in space. Asked to pull for wide sweeps and was frequently downfield leading the charge on screen passes. Natural bender with the ability to play with leverage. Won't over­-commit to a basic secure block in running game which allows him to climb to his target with consistently successful angles. Stalks his prey in space and is able to adjust to moving targets. Plays with patience. Will allow defender to declare a gap before latching on with a well­-timed punch and snapping hips under him. Refuses to quit on a rep. Possesses huge, strong hands that snatch target and allow him to hang against aggressive power players looking to shed. Plays with consistent hand placement. Maintains proper base and can drop a decent anchor against bull­ rushers. Has played at four of the five spots along the offensive line.

Weaknesses

Lean, lanky build that looks more like a freshman tackle than a senior center. Has played at a weight well below the norm for an NFL starting center and scouts concerned that keeping mass on his frame will be an issue. When interior players get on his edge, redirecting with the necessary power will be a problem. May need to compensate for a lack of NFL power by adjusting his angles and footwork in order to secure his blocks. Must hit the weights and the training table as much as he can. Opens himself to swim moves by leaning into blocks at times. Would like to see him finish a higher percentage of his second level blocks. Suffered a season­-ending knee injury in October which is likely to alter his pre­draft workouts.

Draft Projection

Rounds 3 or 4

NFL Comparison

Evan Mathis

Bottom Line

Athletic, but undersized center who gives tremendous pound­-for­-pound effort on every rep. Tuerk uses hand strength and plus balance and body control to make up for a lack of power, but his knee injury and below average mass for the position will certainly scare some teams away. Tuerk can handle himself in any scheme but is a fit for primarily zone scheme rushing attacks who don't face many 3­-4 fronts within their division.
-Lance Zierlein
C
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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